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Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:54 am

Friday, 26 December 2008
Mono Lake South Tufa and Navy Beach

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We planned to drive to Mammoth Xmas eve, but had to delay a day due to a tooth extraction. I had my teeth cleaned last week, and they discovered a deep pocket by one of my molars (old root canal that cracked). I'm having rotator cuff surgery in January, and they can't do it if I have any kind of infection. The latest it could be done was 3 weeks prior to surgery, so Xmas eve was 3 weeks.

Lots of snow around Mammoth trails, so I was not sure where to hike since I can't snowboard (shoulder can't take another fall). For the first day, I drove to Mono Lake and walked around.


South Tufa
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Navy Beach Tufa
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Navy Beach Hot Spring and the Sierra
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby hikerduane » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:34 am

I've never seen so many photos of Mono Lake before, thank you.

Hoping for a fast recovery from rotator cuff surgery, that is a tough row to hoe. Get well fast Slow Nymph.:)
Piece of cake.
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:56 am

Thanks, Duane! It will be a s-l-o-w recovery. I won't be able to drive for 6 weeks! I will have to change the "n" to "l". :lol:

Saturday, 27 December 2008
Lookout Mountain from Hwy 395/Mammoth Scenic Loop

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I parked on Hwy 395 and snowshoed to Lookout Mountain. The first 0.6 mi was on a groomed snowmobile track, then I took the turnoff for Lookout Mountain. Two snowmobiles went partway up (I appreciated them packing the snow down for me), but when they turned around, I was on my own to the summit. Great views!

Only wildlife tracks to follow
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White Mountain in the clouds
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Mt Morrison and Mt Baldwin
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Re: Ophir Mtn, Eagle Pt and Mazourka Canyon road

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:19 am

Sunday, 28 December 2008
Ophir Mtn, Eagle Point, and a hike from Mazourka Cyn Rd

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I met TomG at Hwy 190/Darwin Road, and we hiked Ophir Mountain. This was the last peak in the area I had not done from "Desert Summits". Then we hiked up Eagle Point, before TomG headed for home. On the way back to Mammoth, I wanted a little more, so I drove to Mazourka Canyon Road and hiked 1.5 miles up a steep 4X4 road, gaining 1500'. My turnaround time was 1 hr, so I sent my SPOT check (20 min) then headed back. Great day!

Sierra view (Mt Langley, Whitney Ridge, Williamson) from Ophir Mtn
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Being silly by Eagle Point
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I wanted more hiking, and spotted a road below Winnedumah.
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It was an old 4X4 road, with cables in a lot of spots. Steep!
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Re: Winnedumah Piute Monument

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:56 pm

Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Winnedumah Piute Monument, Inyo Mountains

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I've been wanting to do Winnedumah, but didn't get much of a response from others. I had a free day to hike, but I got up late, then drove almost 2 hrs to get to the start. I missed the dirt road that added 2.7 mi to my already late start. Once on track, it was an enjoyable hike. I had a turnaround time, but when I got to the top of the ridge, I saw the 80' spire. It looked so close, so I went for it. It turned out to be another 45 minutes of hiking, so once there, I changed into dry clothes, took photos, and headed back. The register was on the SW side, but I didn't want to climb over snow covered boulders, so I will hike it again when I have more time. Hiking back on a moonless night would have been slow without boot tracks in the snow to follow. I couldn't tell which way to go, and paid close attention to my tracks and the GPS. This was a fun hike, and next time I will get an early start.

The story of Winnedumah:
http://books.google.com/books?id=gsQUAA ... t#PPA41,M1

View from my turnaround time
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I still had to descend and climb up to it, but everytime I thought about turning back, I talked myself into continuing
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Finally got there, but didn't stay long
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Sooo happy I had footracks to follow back (I also had GPS, but hard to see with small screen and no glasses)
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Beautiful day!
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby kgw » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:11 pm

Absolutely lovely! :thumbsup:
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby Exavius » Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:09 am

What a inspiring example of focus and thinking things through. Talking yourself into moving ahead was a highlight of your trip report, in my view. Can really relate to that. Difference is, it's only about a few miles in when I start hearing voices about the cold-ones back in the Jeep. LOLOLOL.

I also really enjoyed the Winnedumah reference. The legend and lore of the Paiute medicine man.

Way to go.
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby ridgeline » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:51 pm

Love that red sky photo! can almost hear the yells of the Piute and the Diggers in their last battle.
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:30 pm

Thanks, kgw, Exavius and Ridgeline!

Exavius, I kept thinking "I should turn back", but it was so close I could touch it. I figured I would be hiking back in the dark anyway, but everytime I saw another descent or hill/gully to climb, the "I should turn back" was in my head. I'm glad I continued. It was a nice peaceful walk back. I think I was more worried about driving down some of the steep road in the snow.

Ridgeline, I've been wanting to climb Winnedumah since I heard the story years ago. Now I have to go back and climb the 80' spire. :nod:


Wednesday, 1 January 2009
Cedar Hill, CA/NV (day 1 of 3)

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SnowDude started the new year snowboarding. Since I can't snowboard now, I wanted a peak. Caltrans said the road to the CA/NV border was open, so I went for it. Excellent views of the Sierra and Mono Lake! A great way to start the new year!

Cedar Hill as I'm hiking towards the base
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Mono Lake from Cedar Hill
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Cedar Hill from Mono Lake as the sun is going down
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Re: Panamint Butte from Big Four Mine

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:21 am

Friday, 2 January 2009 (day 2 of 3)
Panamint Butte from Big Four Mine, Death Valley

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I want to do bigger hikes now that my hiking days are numbered. I suggested Panamint Butte and TomG said yes! It was a beautiful day, but got cold up higher. TomG only had a fleece jacket and poncho, and got chilled at the top. On the way down we butt glissaded to avoid slipping and falling. TomG was bonking, but hung in there and we got down in the dark. We missed dinner at PSR, but Rose gave us apple pie. We took showers, then found a place to camp. TomG had a bad night (really sick) and drove home in the morning.

It starts off steep
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Gain the ridge
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Cold on top
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Great views coming down
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Beautiful day!
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Re: Corkscrew and Little Corkscrew, Death Valley

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:44 pm

Saturday, 3 January 2008 (day 3 of 3)
Corkscrew Peak and Little Corkscrew, Death Valley

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A few of us got together to climb Corkscrew and Little Corkscrew Peaks. It was really windy with blue skies. I had a hot date in Mammoth, so when the pace slowed down on the first steep descent, I left the group to make better time getting out. It took me 3 hrs 45 min to drive to Mammoth, and I made it for our 9pm reservations at Nevado's. Fun day with friends!

Corkscrew is one of my favorite peaks, and this is my first time doing Little Corkscrew
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Going up Little Corkscrew (photo ctsy of Tomcat)
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Going down Little Corkscrew
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Little Corkscrew from Corkscrew Peak
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Re: Christmas Break in Mammoth (and Death Valley)

Postby quentinc » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:00 pm

Cory, you have my sympathy on the rotator cuff. I went through surgery for a torn labrum in Oct. of 2007. The part I hated the most was having to sleep in that sling contraption (sort of like a medieval torture device!).
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